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Wuhan - East Lake

We book reservations to return to Emei Mountain and take a trip to the famous East Lake resort area

After we returned from visiting Guan Yin Temple at around 1400, we decided to go visit the other main site in Wuhan - East Lake Scenic Area. Here is some information I downloaded from the internet about East Lake:

East Lake, the biggest scenery tourist attraction in Wuhan and also the largest lake within a city in China, is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River and in the east suburb of Wuchang. It covers an area of 87 square kilometers (33 square kilometers of water area) that is five times greater than the area of the West Lake in Hangzhou . Because of its winding banks and crisscrossing ponds and brooks, it is called 'a lake with 99 bays'. The East Lake Scenic Area was formed from many famous scenic spots along the bank. The six major ones are Tingtao (Listening to Surging Waves), Mo Hill (Millstone Hill), Luoyan (Diving Wild Goose), Baima (White Horse), Chuidi (Playing Flutes), and Luohong Hills.

Among the six scenic areas, Tingtao and Mo Hill scenic areas are the most two notable and are open to visitors.

The East Lake gate opens to the Tingtao scenic area featuring the rare sequoia especially elegant in late autumn. The Listening-to-the-Waves Tower (Tingtao Xuan), with its classic elegance is one of the famous buildings in this area, along with Land of Water and Cloud (Shuiyun Xiang) which serves as a teahouse, and the Tingtao Inn of Wine, a restaurant offering local fish dishes. On the north, the center of this area, is the Poetry-Reciting Pavilion (Xingyinge), built for memorizing works of Qu Yuan, the great patriotic poet of the State of Chu (one of the seven warring states before Qin (221BC-206BC) in China's first feudal dynasty). Many exhibits about Qu Yuan are featured in this building including his great literary masterpieces. In addition, the first allegory sculpture park in China is here displaying wonderful sculpture and allegories.

Characterized by beautiful landscape, abundant plants, the customs of the State of Chu and unique gardens, the Mo Hill Scenic Area attracts many tourists. In this area, the Chu cultural theme park displays the Chu culture in China. The Botanical Viewing Garden where more than 360 kinds of plants are nursed in 13 special gardens with flowers blooming all the year round - orchids and cherry blossoms in spring, lotus in summer, osmanthus in autumn, and plum blossoms in winter - is also admirable. Two of the most famous are the Cherry Blossom Garden said to be one of the world's three cherry blossom capitals along with Hirosaki in Japan and Washington in America, and the Plum Blossom Garden which is listed as the top plum garden. For more details about Mo Hill, please click Mo Hill. (http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/hubei/wuhan/donghu.htm)

Sounded pretty good to us so we were anxious to find something positive about visiting Wuhan. The Guan Yin temple was ok but it was hugely commercialized with two huge buildings given over to selling Buddhist stuff.

This is the map found at the entrance to the scenic area. It was all in Chinese so we did not spend much time looking at it.

Since it was hot, very hot, we let this guy talk us into using his vehicle to take us around. It was expensive but we were hot.

The lake area is very nice and relaxing. Buildings such as this could be seen all around the area.

This road was beautiful as it cut across one area of the lake. Reminded me of some of the golf courses I have visited in the United States.

One area of the lake offered these pavillions actually out on the water. They looked to be either tea houses or mahjong places or probably both. They looked to be modern with AC and all the conveniences of relaxing on the water.

A beautiful teahouse near the water

As we made our way around the area, there were literally hundreds of carvings and statues like this wall carving.

I thought this picture of a mother photographing her son at one of the many carvings was cute.

Modern-style statues and carvings are all over the place, anywhere there was room.

This dragon statue was especially beautiful and surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants.

The Strange Mini-European Area

This place was a bit overgrown but was also being cleaned out and upgraded. It looked like a mini English town.

A very Chinese looking bridge could be seen among the many lotus plants.

I like lotus flowers so I took lots of them as you can see. Some came out better than others.

We were told that the buildings across the lake that we could just barely make out was one of Mao's many residence

We were offered a trip to Mao's residence but figured it was too hot and too expensive.

Posted by inchinahil 06:16 Archived in China Tagged tourist_sites

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